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Bees in Decline

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Bumblebee populations are in freefall, but you can help.

According to a comprehensive study of bumblebees in the US, the populations of four of the most common species have declined by 96% in the last few decades, and their geographic ranges have declined 23%-87% in the past twenty-odd years. And the shocking figures are not unique to the US; in the UK, three of 25 bumblebee species are already extinct, and half of the remaining species have shown......read more

O'Hare Abuzz with Bees

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Chicago's mega-airport joins the beekeeping movement

The airport beekeeping movement, pioneered a in Germany a few years back, has a new member. Last spring, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport became the first North American airport to experiment with beekeeping, installing 23 beehives on a vacant patch of land on the airport's east side. The airport bee program is now on cruise control. Unlike the projects in Germany, O'Hare's beekeeping......read more

Seductive Urban Beehive Design Unveiled by Philips

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Sleek beekeeping solution looks great, but will it work?

Philips, the multinational Dutch electronics giant, made a big splash at the recent Dutch Design Week with its innovative Microbial Home, a net-zero vision of household appliances and fixtures that all work together in an "integrated cyclical ecosystem."  Aside from the Bio-digester -- the design's main hub -- which converts solid kitchen and human waste (ewww) to methane gas......read more

The Beekeeper

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A Made By Hand profile of rooftop beekeeping in Brooklyn

Created by Brooklyn filmmaker Keith Ehrlich, the excellent web series Made By Hand profiles various pockets of artisinal activity around New York City. The latest episode departs from the black-and-white look of the first two episodes, with a beautifully shot, sun-soaked view of a rooftop beekeeping operation in Brooklyn. Local farmer Megan Paska has witnessed beekeeping as it......read more

Urban Beehive by Rowan Dunford

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Simple, stackable beehive design makes beekeeping easy

With global honeybee populations in decline, backyard beekeepers are looking to pick up the slack by domesticating the critters that are so critical to the world's food supply. The problem for many of us is that getting into beekeeping seems, well, hard. Enter the Urban Beehive, a stackable beehive design by New Zealand native Rowan Dunford that makes beekeeping simple. The product, spotted on......read more

Fear of Men, "Seer"

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Lovely new Fear of Men vid stars singer Jessica Weiss as a rural beekeeper

Brighton, UK's lo-fi pop darlings Fear of Men just dropped this video for their bittersweet single, "Seer," from taken from their singles compilation Early Fragments (out now on Kanine Records). It's a suitably dreamlike clip for a pretty track, with vocalist Jessica Weiss assuming the lead role as a lonely beekeeper in a gorgeous, hazy landscape. Directed by Falvey and Weiss with Williams /......read more

Keep the Buzz Alive

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5 ways you can help our disappearing bees

With spring's arrival in the Northern Hemisphere, the bees are returning to do their good work. But colony collapse disorder means they are returning in ever diminishing numbers. And that's not a good thing for our food supply. But there are things you can do to help, and in a new post on MNN, writer Chris Baskind helpfully lists five of them out: 1. Plant things that bees like Bees are......read more

A Skyscraper for Bees

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Architecture students from the University of Buffalo create a towering beehive

Between the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder and pesticide poisoning, it's been a rough few years for bees. According to recent estimates from the  Department of Agriculture, around ten million hives have been lost over the past seven years. The ecological tragedy is being met with all sorts of innovative approaches to creating new bee habitats. The latest, designed by students at......read more

Heslet Honey: From Scratch

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Lovely short vid by Eric Wolfinger documents honey harvesting in San Francisco's Telegraph Hill

Founded by Kate McGee along with her two young boys, Heslet Honey harvests sweet, golden honey from a few wooden beehives located on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. Part of a San Francisco pilot program that provides public space for urban ag projects, Heslet Honey takes its name from Valetta Heslet, who transformed the area from garbage dump to garden starting in the late '40s. From March......read more

The 3B Printing Project

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80,000 bees and a handful of humans collaborate on honeycomb sculptures

In what is being called the "3B printing project," creative agency The Ebeling Group deployed 80,000 bees to create two sculptures from beeswax: a Dewar's bottle and a bust of Dewar's founder John Dewar. Since bees build honeycomb inwards, the team had to start with inverse scaffolding to give the insects a framework to work with. A rubber tube connected to the neck of the bottle provided a......read more

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